Senate on Friday passed bill that would switch order of redistricting and reprecincting, paving the way for more equitable districts
The Drawing Democracy Coalition today issued the following statement in response to the Massachusetts Senate’s passage of its version (S.2489) of An Act Relative to Reprecincting (H.3863). The House and Senate will need to resolve minor differences before the bill heads to Governor Baker’s desk for his signature.
“An Act Relative to Reprecincting is the best solution to address the challenges of the delayed 2020 Census data while ensuring the legislature has the flexibility to create equitable districts that increase the political power of BIPOC, immigrant and low-income communities. Under this bill, municipalities will maintain control over reprecincting, but they will now have adequate time to conduct the process. Furthermore, this minor change will empower voters by letting them know their districts as soon as possible, and it will put Massachusetts on par with much of the country, which conducts redistricting before reprecincting.
“The Drawing Democracy Coalition is grateful to the House and Senate for passing this essential bill and would particularly like to thank Redistricting Committee Chairs Senator Will Brownsberger and Representative Mike Moran for their leadership. We hope that they will quickly resolve minor differences and that Governor Baker will sign this bill without delay to ensure that the redistricting process is effective, fair and equitable.”
The Drawing Democracy Coalition brings together Massachusetts’ community organizations, civil rights lawyers, public policy advocates, data and mapping experts, and political scientists with the shared goal of ensuring that underrepresented communities have the opportunity to elect candidates of their choice who best reflect their needs and interests.